Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

June, 2005
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Climbing Honeysuckle
The sweet fragrance of honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.) evokes memories of Grandma's garden and the sounds of busy bees working the flowers. These plants are generally hardy and vigorous, and the vines will thrive with a minimum of care. Some varieties can become invasive, and pruning will be necessary to keep them in bounds. Plant them in full sun to part shade in well-drained soil enriched with compost. 'Halls' honeysuckle makes a nice ground cover.

Clever Gardening Technique

Coping with "June Drop"
If you don't like the tiny fruit that naturally drops off the branches of ornamental apples and various fruit trees, spread a sheet of landscape fabric or shade cloth under mature fruiting trees. This phenomenon -- known as "June drop" -- is Nature's way of taking care of too much fruit on one tree.

Anchor the cloth or fabric down with rocks or bricks. This tarp makes it easy to pick up the small, immature fruits. You are likely to experience some additional thinning in July, too!


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